Samsung GX10 review

£391
Price when reviewed

Compare the looks of the GX10 to the Pentax K200D and you’ll see distinct similarities. The two companies have collaborated to allow Samsung to break into the DSLR market, with the GX10 based on Pentax’s K10D. The K10D itself was released in 2006 and aimed at serious amateurs. The lens mount is a Pentax-standard K mount, so there’s a huge range of lenses beyond Samsung-marketed optics to choose from.

Samsung GX10 review

Features-wise, there’s very little missing – and some unusual extra treats. First up is the top-mounted secondary LCD panel showing shot settings, approximate numbers of shots remaining and battery state. Second is the sensitivity priority mode. This is the equivalent of aperture priority and shutter priority, but for ISO sensitivity. You set the sensitivity you want; the camera sets the shutter speed and aperture to suit. Elsewhere, you’ll find in-vogue features including integrated optical image stabilisation and a live-view mode.

The design is quirky, including an awkward rotary ring switch set around the four-way selector button. All it does is set the focus-area mode, which could more easily be done using the thumb or index-finger command dials. There’s also a bewildering array of manual modes on the mode dial, with no hint of the likes of a Sports or Portrait setting.

We do like the five-shot exposure bracketing. It lets you take a five-shot burst with a range of up to eight stops in one go, making fashionable HDR (high dynamic range) sequences easy to take.

Heft of the body is second only to the Fujifilm S5 Pro, and fitting the 18-55mm Schneider D-Xenon kit lens takes the camera over the 1kg mark. Pick it up after handling the Olympus E-420 and you feel the difference.

What you’re essentially getting in the GX10 is a mid-range enthusiast camera, with build quality and features to match, but at a price that’s dipped because of the age of the design. If you don’t mind its bulk or a megapixel rating that’s behind the cutting-edge, and you want excellent build quality plus features that go beyond point-and-shoot, it’s potentially a good buy.

Details

Image quality 4

Basic specifications

Camera megapixel rating 10.2MP
Camera screen size 2.5in
Camera optical zoom range 3.0x
Camera maximum resolution 3,872 x 2,592

Weight and dimensions

Weight 1.040kg
Dimensions 138 x 142 x 99mm (WDH)

Battery

Battery type included Lithium-ion
Battery life (CIPA standard) 730 shots
Charger included? yes

Other specifications

Built-in flash? yes
Aperture range f3.5 - f5.6
Camera minimum focus distance 0.24m
Shortest focal length (35mm equivalent) 28
Longest focal length (35mm equivalent) 88
Minimum (fastest) shutter speed 1/4,000
Bulb exposure mode? yes
RAW recording mode? yes
Exposure compensation range +/- 3EV
ISO range 100 - 1600
Selectable white balance settings? yes
Manual/user preset white balane? yes
Progam auto mode? yes
Shutter priority mode? yes
Aperture priority mode? yes
Fully auto mode? yes
Burst frame rate 3.0fps
Exposure bracketing? yes
White-balance bracketing? no
Memory-card type SD card
Viewfinder coverage 95%
LCD resolution 230k
Secondary LCD display? yes
Video/TV output? yes
Body construction Plastic
Tripod mounting thread? yes
Data connector type Micro-USB

Manual, software and accessories

Full printed manual? yes
Software supplied Digimax Master, Digimax RAW converter

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